best to do list apps

Not everyone needs a super duper comprehensive getting-things-done list. I may need to be able to schedule out every moment of my day, but it wasn’t always like that. I used to just make lists, which I think is the best way to be the most productive. Sometimes, you need a little bit of both. A solid list-making app can go hand-in-hand with a robust scheduling app. Whether you need something simple, or something complex, we’ve got a list for you today of what we think are the best to-do apps for iPhone.

Todo – To-Do & Task List

Todo

This robust app is great for people who need more than just a simple list maker. It features projects and sub-tasks with due date reminders. It provides geo-tagging, so you will be reminded to do something when you reach a specific location. It also allows you to tag and organize tasks by categories, like work, chores, kids, and more. You can even add tasks using Siri. This app is available for $4.99.

Tick

Tick

Going back to the simpler side of list making, this convenient app gives you quick and easy access to a number of different lists so you can get down what you need to do and start doing it. What I really like about this app is how simple it is. You pick a category icon, like a car or a present, and name the list. Then, add the tasks. When you’ve completed a task, “tick” it off and it will drop to the bottom and gray out. Once you’ve finished everything on a list, there is a fun animation, which always makes me feel better. This app is available for $1.99.

Carrot To-Do

Carrot To-do

Just like getting out of bed in the morning, sometimes it is just too hard to work on your to-do list. Just like Carrot Alarm, this app treats you like a lazy “meat bag” and tries to shame you into getting stuff done. Not only will your personal task manager bully you into working, but she will also reward you for doing well. Complete tasks to unlock new features. You’ll be negatively and positively motivated by Carrot. This app is available for $2.99.

Clear

Clear

Around here, we are big fans of Clear’s attractive interface. The simple design makes it easy to create multiple lists and keep them organized. Create multiple lists in different categories to keep your daily workload organized. You can even customize the look to fit your whimsy, add fun 8-bit or sci-fi sound effects, and set reminders for tasks that need to be completed. This app is available for $4.99.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

I have become a big fan of Wunderlist since the app has received so many great updates this year. What started out as a fairly simple task-managing app has become a very hearty productivity app that is great for sharing with others. You can create lists that are stored in separate files or check things off on a daily and weekly basis. Collaborate with others using the list sharing features, and even attach documents, like photos and presentations. Set reminders so you’ll never miss a deadline. This app is available for free.

Any.DO

Any

On my iPhone and iPad, Any.Do is my go-to list maker. It has a simple, but feature-rich interface and syncs across multiple devices. Plus, it connects to Cal, so I can see my schedule for the day and keep track of tasks that need to be completed. Plus, I get morning reminders to take care of my business. If I can’t get to it today, I can postpone its due date for later. You can share your lists with others, activate speech-to-text, and more. This app is available for free.

Todoist: To-Do List

Todoist

This is another feature rich app with a simple interface. It allows you to create lists with very little effort. Plus, you can create projects and share them with others. Collaborate with co-workers and comment on task items. Get alerts when someone updates or comments on a project. Set recurring due dates and build sub tasks with priorities. Track your productivity and save your list in the cloud. It automatically syncs with all of your devices. This app is available for free.

Todo Cloud – To-Do List and Sharing

Todo Cloud

The same company that brought us the robust Todo list-making app has a secondary list-sharing app as well. This one is specifically designed for collaborating. It comes with all of the same features of Todo, but also allows users to share lists, projects, and assignments. You can comment on items and make notes. Users receive email notifications whenever an update is made. All of your projects sync automatically so you can see your tasks from all of your devices. This app is available for free.

Checkmark 2

Checkmark 2

We’ve all done it. We make a list of things we need to take care of when we are out and about. Most everything gets picked up, shopped for, and dropped off, but there was that one last item that was forgotten in the mad rush to get home. This app will send you a notification when you get near that store, house, or school of whatever it is you were supposed to do so you don’t forget and drive right past it. You can also set recurring timed reminders to keep you on track for tasks that you should do at a certain time. This app is available for $2.99.

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone

OmniFocus

Even though this list is intended for apps that specialize in one specific thing (to-do lists), you can’t make a productivity list without including OmniFocus. It is probably the most comprehensive list-making app around. You can organize your tasks into goals and projects, sync your items across multiple devices, and access the app through Siri. Set notifications based on where you are at and organize your task list by location. Attach pictures, break large projects into subprojects, see what your week looks like at a glance, and much more. This app is available for $19.99.

Don’t forget to check out our previous best-of lists

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    All you need is Remino.

  • “Since the app was updated to sync with Reminders, it has become even more useful”

    Untrue, the app has been given the ability to create reminders in a task. It does not sync with Reminders.

  • Tom

    I hate To-Do apps.

    • I have so many of them I never actually get anything done because I’m too busy using to-do apps 😛

  • Anthony Mozambique

    Taasky is a good choise

  • Marcus

    If I were to use something other than Reminders for a to-do list app, I would most likely use Clear or Carrot To-Do.

  • elifad

    Todo lags when it comes to location services. You cant search for a business name for a location, it will take you some other place in the world. You can only specify an address on the map. The only one that can alert you at general locations such grocery stores or hardware store and organizes the lost by location and map is OmniFocus. If you search for a business name or business type such as “Hardware Store” it will ding any time you are close to Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, or whatever store classified as Hardware in your town. The next one would be Pocket informant which syncs with apple calendar and to do as well as ToodleDo (free service). Once synced with ToodleDo, you can search for multiple location (business names, Business type for a task and select from all or few visible pins on the map to be alerted once in the vicinity. All mentioned above except for few are just a pretty interface lacking some power.

  • Jiří Málek

    All I need is a to-do where I can make sub-tasks and each subtask has a different due-date. Also ability to assign a sub-tasks to different people. Does anybody know any app which supports this? I have tried almost everything. 🙁

    • Misha Minute

      Try IQTELL. Truly great people behind this app.

    • Hi Jiri, actually, Todoist support this 🙂

  • James R

    I have been on the look out for a todo list app to replace the outdated Busytodo. These are the features I need:
    – To do’s listed out on one page (in some way or another) under the headings: Overdue, Today, Tomorrow, Undated.
    – Two way sync with Calendar/Busycal on OSX via iCloud so that I can add todo’s on Busycal and edit them on the iPhone app and vice versa (note this is without a separate app on OSX as I like to keep my todo list on a side pane in Busycal for easy access and convenience).
    Sadly, I have not had any luck with finding an app that satisfies the above, let alone feature 2.

    Any suggestions? Busytodo app has not been updated for years; its UI is dated and has been bug ridden ever since it was discontinued.

  • Robert Edwards

    I’ve gone back to Appigo Todo. I’d happily use Reminders but Apple broke it in IOS7. Since IOS8 is imminent I guess they won’t fix the bug that prevent notes being appended.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    “Todo” is one of the best To-Do Apps. I used reminders for a while, but decided to switch to “Todo” because I love it based on productivity purposes. It’s great!

  • mike

    I’m so unorganized that just reading that article stressed me out

  • Yuliang Wang

    OmniFocus and Clear are for different purposes and I suppose, they are designed respectively by the two concepts: GTD and To-do. So, it would never be fair to criticize Clear is “too simply” when we talk about a GTD app, or, hate the OmniGroup “charging too much” for a To-do app.

  • TonyC

    The free Wunderlist is more than enough for me. In addition, I can see my lists from every device and computer I have. If I’m working on my PC at the office and think of something, I add it. It then appears on all my mobiles and my home Mac.

  • Lukas Basta

    What about the Flinq? It’s an app where you can easily share tasks with your friends and family. You can create a task and send it to someone through the app (no SMS or e-mail needed).

  • Dennis

    Clear for simple to-dos is probably the best experience I have ever had.
    Everything else OmniFocus 2.

  • Marc Johnson

    I love sDays! It contains a perfect combination of simplicity, functionality and design.